today from the president. mr. smith, let's start -- comments today from the president. mr. smith, let's start with you. did the president go too far with his criticism saying he wouldn't send his own daughters to the schools? what's your reaction? >> i don't think so. it's been obvious for quite some time now that the president and quite frankly, a lot of local leaders, too aren't willing to send their own kids to their neighborhood school or to d.c. public schools at large. i think what is unclear and a lot of people are being given the misimpression that they don't measure up by any of our standards, not by parents, not by teachers, not by the black community in d.c. or the white community and sometimes we seem to overlook that and think simply the media or some of our politicians or local leaders are the only ones upset with the crisis we are in here in d.c. public schools. >> we'll talk more about the crisis and what we can do to better it, to improve the situation, but first, mr. garrett, i want to give that question to you. do you think the president was too harsh when it comes to d.c.